Bovine Practitioners offer drug use guidelines for dairy, beef cattle

Bovine Practitioners offer drug use guidelines for dairy, beef cattle

American Association of Bovine Practitioners releases new guidelines for drug use in beef and dairy livestock

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners has released its new drug use guideline document to assist beef and dairy livestock veterinarians in guiding appropriate, effective and legal drug use on cattle operations.

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A task force of veterinarians and pharmacology experts developed the AABP drug use guidelines document, which took more than three years to compile.

"This was the result of a very deliberate and careful process that took into account the great diversity of bovine practice types that our members find themselves engaged in," explained task force chairman and veterinarian Dr. Keith Sterner.

American Association of Bovine Practitioners releases new guidelines for drug use in beef and dairy cattle(File photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

"Ensuring that these guidelines met our members' and their clients' needs, complying with new and changing regulations and taking into consideration societal concerns and perceptions were the underlying principles that the task force concerned itself with in developing these guidelines," Sterner added.


Dairy and beef cattle drug use guidelines are divided into sections:

• Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian/client/patient relationship;
• using scientific knowledge and veterinary training for livestock disease management;
• providing oversight on drug use on cattle operations;
• prescribing or dispensing drugs in a legal and ethical manner;
• preventing violative residues;
• avoiding compounded and unapproved drugs;
• assuring responsible use of antimicrobials,
• using analgesics to control pain when indicated.

The guidelines also contain a list of prohibited/illegal drugs in cattle, the definition of an animal drug and numerous industry and government resources for further livestock drug information.

"AABP members and other beef and dairy veterinarians desiring to further the responsible, ethical and appropriate use of pharmaceuticals in their practice and on client operations will find that these guidelines are a sound foundation on which to base proper drug use," Sterner said.


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"They are a straightforward resource for good decision making that is accountable, measurable and repeatable. They are based on sound scientific principle but they allow for the vastly varied geographic and types of livestock operations North America."

The guidelines can be found on the AABP website and are available to members and the public.

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